Community Briefing

TURLOCK CATS CAN GET MICROCHIPS: Last year, 300 adoptable cats were euthanized in Turlock. Fifty more cats were reported missing, or were found but authorities didn't know how to contact the owners. This year, Turlock Animal Services hopes to change that. Free microchipping of cats, as many as three per household, is being offered throughout February. Bring cats to the shelter at 801 S. Walnut Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Pets with microchips usually are returned to their owners within two days of being impounded, said Animal Services Director Glena Jackson. The tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in the pet's neck. Animal control staff can scan animals and retrieve owner information. Public donations and city help are making the microchip drive possible. Any cat owner in Turlock is eligible.

CITIZENS ACADEMY WEDNESDAY: The Modesto Police Department will hold a Citizens Police Academy on Wednesday for people at least 14 years old. The free academy will be held at the Modesto Police Department at 600 10th Street. The program is designed to inform the community about how the Police Department combats crime and deals with issues such as gangs, drugs, family violence and other police and community-related topics. Classes are held one night each week. Applications can be picked up at the Modesto Police Department, or register by contacting Jack Smith at 342-9140 or smithj@modestopd.com.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT IN LIVINGSTON MONDAY: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is scheduled to visit Yamato Colony Elementary School in Livingston on Monday. From 2000-07, the school increased its Academic Performance Index score from 481 to 771. API scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000 and measure student progress on state standardized tests in math and English.